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Recommended Books on Wends in Australia

by Kevin Zwar

“From Hamburg to Hobsons Bay: German Emigration to Port Phillip”

For a detailed and excellent book on the migration of Germans and Wends to Victoria in Australia I’d recommend the following book: From Hamburg to Hobsons Bay: German Emigration to Port Phillip (Australia Felix) 1848-51 by Thomas A. Darragh and Robert N. Wuchatsch (1999). Packed with 342 pages of information.

In July 2007 this book is available for $A45 plus $A10 packing and postage, from Robert Wuchatsch, 2020 Princes Highway, Pirron Yallock, Victoria 3249. For further details, contact

You should find copies in your local library.

Migration of Wends to Australia

The best reference books on the migration of the Wends to Australia are:

 “In Search of a Home” Nielsen ($48 posted)

“The Coming of the Wends”, Burger ($15 posted)

These are available from the Wend Sorb Society of South Australia, 6 Emes Court, Athelstone SA 5076. Please make cheques/money orders payable to the “Wend Sorb Society of SA”. Other books and CDs are also available from time to time.

The Lutheran Archives

The Lutheran Archives (27 Fourth St, Bowden SA 5007; email: contains many church registers, which provide help for people researching family history. There is a research fee. They also have many published family histories of Wendish families.

The Archives is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (9.30am-4.30pm). The library collection of the Wend Sorb Society of South Australia is also kept there.